Saturday, December 12, 2009

My Christmas Stitching

With Christmas rapidly approaching I thought it would be a good time to show you all my handmade Christmas ornaments. Some are very recent and some have been around for years. I absolutely LOVE Christmas stitching, I have been making ornaments for years and I still have so many Christmas pieces that I want to stitch!

Here is my 'collection':
All the ornaments are displayed on a Christmas Tree Skirt that my mom stitched a few years ago. It is a Dimensions chart by Barbara Mock, called 'Old Tyme Holiday'. I just love the snowy Christmas village - it has such a lovely atmosphere to it! (As you can see, it has not been finished into a tree skirt yet - can you imagine putting that on the floor to actually use it as a tree skirt! I don't know what we are going to do with it yet, but hopefully it will be out on display in coming years!)
Here is a break down of the ornaments:
These ornaments are mostly very recent, but a few of them have been around for a few years.
I made these emeries last year - they are so much fun to stitch and finish and look beautiful on the tree. They are all from Anita's Little Stitches. I hope to make a few more next year.
This little Hardanger angel is designed by Emie Bishop. I stitched it a few years ago on 32 ct cream Belfast linen and 'dressed' this little porcelain doll to turn her into a Christmas Angel. (I won't mention that a have the charts and fabric for a few more, but guess what - I can't find matching porcelain dolls anywhere!)
These are Mill Hill kits. I absolutely loved stitching them and I love Mill Hill kits - they are such a treat - I love unpacking all the little treasures that come with each kit, like the little Teddy button on the bell pull :)
For the past few years I have stitched a plastic canvas ornament each year. The finishing is so easy - just cut them out and add a tag! The designs are taken from various cross stitching magazines.
I stitched this 'Joy' Christmas sampler when I was sixteen. It is an Emie Bishop design (guess who likes her Christmas designs!) and has cross stitching and Hardanger bands. This is one of my favourite pieces of all time and is on display in our home year round!
Here are a few 'non-stitched' hand made Christmas ornaments. The little beaded stars look great on the tree!
That's it for now! I will post a picture of the decorated Christmas tree and a few other Christmassy things soon.
My little free "Merry Christmas" chart is still available - Please remember to leave me your email address in a comment if you want it! (Barbara C - I would like your email address please - I would love to get the chart to you as soon as possible)
Until next time, Happy Stitching!


Unknown said...

Oh it is beautiful!
We don't have a chrismas tree and this year we will be on holiday on the Chrismas weekend, so no tree - also told hubby and the friends and family joining us on the weekend - NO GIFTS!

Barbi said...

OH Michelle!! They are all soooooo beautiful! And that tree skirt that your Mom did. There are no words. That is the one holiday item that I haven't stitched yet but I think that your mom has inspired me to do so :)
Thank you so much for sharing your christmas stitching with us :)

Carol said...

I love seeing all of your Christmas ornaments gathered together in one photo, Michelle--you have a beautiful collection!

I can't imagine putting that tree skirt on the ground either! It is too lovely!! I don't even have a tree skirt after 32 years of marriage--I just use fluffy, large white towels because that is what my mom always used! It "kind of" resembles snow and most of it is buried under presents anyway!

Siobhán said...

Oh my gosh, Michelle!! What a feast for the eyes. The ornaments are gorgeous, the emeries are gorgeous, the tree skirt is gorgeous, the Noel is gorgeous, the hardanger is gorgeous... wow wow wow. Beautiful!

Vinniey said...

Hi Michelle, just came back from my trip 6 days ago. Always love to read your inspiring blog! I love all your christmas ornament especially the tree skirt! It's so colorful and gorgeous! It's must be very stunning if all these lovely works being display with the christmas lighting! Great work, Michelle! :)

Mylene said...

I've enjoyed looking at all your christmas stitching, thay are all gorgeous! So perfectly finished.
I so love thoes emeries, never tried one yet so hopefully next year but it looks so difficult.
Hope you are having a good weekend.

Michelle said...

Oh my goodness Michelle what a lovely array of stitching - well done. Michelle x

Edit said...

Oh, your collection is amazing! They are all beautiful pieces, I love them very much!

Lisa V said...

I love your collection. I especially like all your emery's, that is one finish I havent attempted yet.

Fünfzigerjahremädel said...

Michelle,thats a very great post!Really an eyecatcher! I like all your ornaments and also the snowy village!
Thank you for showing this wonderful workings!
Greetings from Ulla

Daffycat said...

Such a wonderful collection of holiday stitching! Why don't you finish the tree skirt into a table topper? Then you could get a smaller treee to go on the table with some favorite stitched oraments.

Annie said...

What a beautiful ornament collection. In fact, you have a spectacular collection of stitching of all kinds. This is a really great blog.

Thanks so much for visiting mine.

Carol R said...

A great collection of ornaments on a beautiful 'tree skirt' but not yet a tree skirt! I love the beaded stars - were they easy to make?

Blu said...

Wow! Your collection of ornies is gorgeous and varied!

L'Aiguille au Fil du Temps said...

Michelle, quelle magnifique collection !!!

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